MS Graduate Research Assistantship (West Virginia University) – Wood Turtle Population Ecology in Northern Wisconsin

School of Natural Resources, West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
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Graduate Assistantships
$15,000 plus university tuition waiver and health insurance
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We are seeking a highly motivated MS graduate student to join the Wildlife Conservation Lab at West Virginia University and study wood turtle (Glyptemys insculpta) population ecology in the Upper Midwest. The successful applicant will seek to quantify wood turtle abundance-habitat relationships in the Northwoods region of Minnesota and Wisconsin, help refine the standardized population survey protocol, and assist with development of a Midwest wood turtle species distribution model. Fieldwork will be conducted across northern Wisconsin and involve wood turtle population surveys using active searches, handling and processing of turtles, and measuring environmental conditions. The student will be advised by Dr. Donald Brown (West Virginia University;, and will work closely with Andrew Badje (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources). The position will require a commitment to intensive and remote field research in spring and summer of 2021 and 2022, including supervision of a research technician and interactions with management agencies and private landowners. The position will also require a commitment to development and application of spatial and statistical modeling expertise. In addition the their thesis, the student will be expected to lead authorship of peer-reviewed scientific publications resulting from the work, and to provide substantial contributions to annual agency reports. Salary will be fully supported from January 2021 to December 2022 through a Graduate Research Assistantship at West Virginia University. Field housing and vehicle will also be provided.
- BS in wildlife, ecology, natural resources, or related field - 3.2 GPA and 300 combined GRE score - Valid US driver’s license - Ability and desire to conduct fieldwork in remote areas and under adverse weather conditions - Experience operating a canoe and ability to navigate light rapids (class 1-2) - Must be a quantitative-oriented individual with the ability to develop necessary spatial and statistical modeling expertise - Preference will be given to applicants with prior field research experience and introductory training in programs R and ArcGIS To apply: Send a single PDF containing: 1) a cover letter detailing your interest and qualifications for this position, 2) resume or CV, 3) unofficial academic transcripts, 4) GRE scores, 5) names and contact information for three professional references, and 6) two examples of your scientific writing skills, such as reports or publications, to Dr. Donald Brown (
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